Car sales rose by 8.8% in the first couple of months this year, compared to the same period in 2005. But local car makers Dacia and Daewoo Craiova reported a drop in sales, meaning exports increased substantially in January and February.

Dacia reported 7% lower sales for the period, with little over 13,000 units sold. Dacia claimed a 44% market share in February.

Meanwhile, Daewoo Craiova reported ramatic losses, its market share falling from 11.5% to 6.8%.

Czech maker Skoda, however, saw its sales increase spectacularly by 56% (2350 units) in Romania, placing first above traditional leader Renault. The French claim the second position, with 2,262 units sold, followed by Volkswagen with 1,704 units.